Definition of impenitent in English:



  • Not feeling shame or regret about one's actions or attitudes.

    ‘impenitent elitists’
    • ‘It is not to pretend the impenitent person is penitent.’
    • ‘It is he who, now discovered, remains impenitent.’
    • ‘But apparently the real purpose of the Mass is to provide a setting in which we feel comfortable with our impenitent persistence in grave sin.’
    • ‘But there is no folly like that of the impenitent child of the world.’
    • ‘Michelle, her actor daughter, is impenitent in unloading the truth about her high society mother who denies her Quebecois roots.’
    • ‘‘Everything is blessing to the elect,’ he stated, ‘but nothing is blessing to the impenitent unbeliever outside Christ.’’
    • ‘The impenitent and unbelieving will be ‘outside’ for ever.’
    • ‘To think and speak of that day with horror doth well become the impenitent sinner, but ill the believing saint.’
    • ‘He is also assured, brilliant, and impenitent, often justifying appalling military actions.’
    • ‘If he does not confess he is at a loss, then he is an impenitent who will not admit his sins.’
    • ‘But six years later he was arrested again, this time under charges of impenitent heresy, and was burnt at the stake in 1596, at the age of thirty.’
    • ‘The Lords and Commons repent, but the clergy remain impenitent, are exposed, and the malefactors brought to the scaffold.’
    • ‘Once condemned and in prison awaiting execution, Peter received visits from local ministers eager to prevent him from meeting death impenitent.’
    • ‘In the end it is the feeling of incongruity that persists, something obstinate and impenitent and a sense that nobody quite knows what to do about it.’
    • ‘Will you die in your sins and go to hell like the impenitent robber?’
    unrepentant, unrepenting, without regret, without remorse, uncontrite, remorseless, unremorseful, shameless, unashamed, unblushing, unapologetic, unabashed, brazen, conscienceless
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Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin impaenitent- ‘not repenting’, from Latin in- ‘not’ + paenitere ‘repent’.